What does the word retrench mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Retrenchment.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To cut down; reduce.

  • Part of speech: verb

  • To reduce expenses.

Usage examples for retrench

  1. There are in these days many who will mock; but for my part I am proud of a race whose social relations are the last upon which they will retrench, whose latest yielded pleasure is their hospitality. – What's Mine's Mine V1 by George MacDonald
  2. He could not retrench, for his game was concealment; his father was kept in the dark, and drew his four thousand a year, as usual, and, upon any hesitation in that respect, would have called in an accountant and wound up the concern. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  3. " I thought you said we was spending too much money, and that we must retrench," said Mrs. Phillips. – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence